Hi, last Sat I met a friend of you in Moliets while taking pix of a surf school. We talked about surf photography which was my first serious theme in photography 12 years ago. Sadly I stopped cause I'm from South Germany. I kept on dance photos which became a part of my profession. Now I'd like to get back into surf. Actually I'm a freelance light and sound engineer. In our business there is no real hard competition, which I prefer. How is it in surf photography? Can u recommend it? Greets, Alex
Hi.. You met a friend of mine in France? Haha who?!
Okay so basically I’m a photography student, not a full time surf photographer.. I try to shoot surfing as much as i can in my free time.. It’s a really amazing job to have and it’s my absolute dream career but you really have to be the best at what you do. You don’t earn a lot of money and there’s a lot of guys out there doing the same thing as you. The equipment is super expensive- if you’re in the water you need housings and if you’re shooting from the shore you need super long lenses that cost thousands! If you have the time, money and patience, then go for it! It’s one of those fields that you have to be extremely passionate about and keep working at, especially so you start getting noticed by magazines and stuff that will pay for your images. You also have to give up early mornings to go and shoot the best waves and get to know the best surfers so you can get the best shots!
I’d love to do this for the rest of my life but at the moment I just don’t have the resources to. I’d love to be able to travel the world with surfers, look for the best waves and spend my days on the beach..
It’s a tough job, and not everyone is cut out for it but by all means, go for it. I would say first just shoot a bit more from the beach etc and see if it’s something you’d seriously be interested in. If yes, then maybe invest in a telephoto lens and see where it goes from there :D